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Interesting round of interviews with psychologists on the 10,000 Hour Rule to acquiring expertise...
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I confess I have a sweet tooth for planet discovery stories. Fascinating stuff. 
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Happy Sunday. Gotta laff at how awful Google is, along with all the other search engines. We break a "Nazi mosquitoes" story last month and search results now serve up five crap news pieces on the story ahead of the original, better piece.

The economics are amazing; the search industry has actually built an Internet that rewards bad work (this is the least example), all the while pretending to be giving people what they want. I suppose the failure of our leaders in business, government and culture to correct this, along with the failure of readers themselves to honestly think about the pot in which their brains are being boiled, is unsurprising. They've botched bigger problems.
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the ... is a very important part of writing for the www ... it allows for the blank mind to recover...or look for tweets out the corner of one eye...
glad you got a chuckle...
here's some writin' sans ellipses...enjoy...

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Nat Geo is even mentioned...
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Posits Major League Baseball as new economics of digital news biz. NYT/WP as Oakland and news-besotted plutocrats as the Yankees. Ezra Klein is A-Rod.
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On the other hand, maybe the push for data journalism is precision journalism finally getting on its feet in reporting, a decade or so late. Dunno  http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/columnist/rieder/2014/01/29/pierre-omidyars-new-news-venture-takes-shape/5020941/
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Innerstin'... historian Steve Leibo suggests that historians' absence from climate debate partly results from field (deservedly) recoiling from its racist past, which explained history in terms of warm vs. cold climates.
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Anyone think the tech industry is the only one that cheats its employees this way? 
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Not certain that this is on-target - scientists widely critical of coverage of science and can't blame them. But I don't see a paying audience for the fix advocated here.
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Actually reading the original, article again, it really seems to be based on the dreaded "deficit" model of science communication. So, not too helpful.
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Is there any way at all this doesn't point to a grotesque financial bubble in this industry? This is NASA's budget, basically, to buy an IM service. 
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NASA's budget is $17 B, so I'm saying the numbers are about equal, that's all. It's like comparing the $6 B that JP Morgan dropped on the London Whale to the DOE's Office of Science. Just surprises me how much dough these folks toss around.
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People want stories about people. Amy Harmon delivers a textbook demonstration of how to engage general readers in a scientific debate -- tell the story of a hero who faces a conflict, a fight over genetically-modified food bans in this case. 
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This is an important story in journalism, the world of sponsored content is a world of thinly-disguised payola, in my opinion, and here are the front lines of where it is apparent. These guys are defending what is clearly a big conflict of interest.
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Dan Vergano is a senior writer-editor at National Geographic. He was previously the senior science reporter at USA TODAY, where he was also a columnist and blogger. Previous reporting stints include Medical Tribune, HealthWeek (PBS) and Science News, as well as freelance reporting for Air & Space Smithsonian, New Scientist, Men's Health, The Washington Post and others.

In 2006, Vergano won the David Perlman Award for Excellence in Science Journalism. He was a 2007-8 Nieman Fellow for Journalism at Harvard,where he studied the intersection of science, politics and society. In 2011, he won the Gene Stuart Prize from the Society for American Archeology. Prior to reporting, he worked as a policy analyst / engineer for a federally-funded research and development center.

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  • Penn State
  • George Washington University
  • New York University
  • Harvard